As France falls to the Nazis the odious Count de St Claire and his secretary Lucian D'Abberville are amongst the refugees staying at the Halcyon. The count makes advances to chambermaid Kate and flies into a rage when his gun disappears. A search of the staff's lockers reveals that Max has stolen a pair of Lord Hamilton's cuff-links and he is arrested. Emma, now assistant manager, feels sorry for him on learning he was hoping to sell them to raise money to help his family come to England and persuades Lady Hamilton to drop charges. He is reinstated at the hotel, to the annoyance of Perry, who is dismissed by Emma. Young page-boy Billy, who took the gun, confronts the count with it on hearing of Kate's experience and the count demands his dismissal. However Richard, learning of the count's philandering reputation at other hotels, conspires with Lucian to make him leave. Freddie also leaves to join his squadron whilst Billy, having turned eighteen, also joins up.
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Did You Know?
5 minutes into episode 3 all guests and staff of the hotel are seeking shelter in the hotel basement. Sonny Sullivan - the bandleader - is playing an old piano. He plays "The River Kwai March." It is a march composed by Malcolm Arnold in 1957. It was written as an orchestral counter-march to the "Colonel Bogey March", which is whistled by the soldiers entering the prisoner camp in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai and again near the end of the film when the bridge is formally dedicated. See more